Introduction to Emptiness: As Taught in Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path

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Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism—the idea that ultimate reality is emptiness. In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection. Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will be helpful to students trying to understand one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan tradition, ...

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Overview

Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism—the idea that ultimate reality is emptiness. In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection. Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will be helpful to students trying to understand one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan tradition, Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781559392952
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/25/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Introduction 9

Acknowledgments 11

1 How to Be Free 13

2 Following the Path of Wisdom 23

3 Our Choices Matter 33

4 Ultimate and Conventional Radio 43

5 Reliable Sources 51

6 Ultimate Reality Exists Conventionally 59

7 Intrinsic Nature 69

8 The Two Types of Madhyamaka 77

9 Who Am I, Really? 87

10 From Analysis to Insight 101

Glossary of Terms and Names 113

Suggested Reading 123

Notes 125

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Great book.

    As a text book, this is very accessible, very easy to read. It is not as fluffy as many of the Buddhist books currently available - that is, this book contains lots of information likely to be new and useful for the reader - but it is still written in a direct and unpretentious tone. It doesn't read like something too academic. Its designed for those who are getting into Buddhism but are past all the basics. And most importantly, it serves brilliantly to demystify "emptiness," which may be the hardest concept for western Buddhists to correctly understand. Highly recommended.

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